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A small study in posture


 

One thing that differentiates these two profoundly similar men.

This guy looks like he enjoys being interviewed.

This guy doesn’t.


 

A small study in posture

  1. Having brought this issue to their attention, I bet the next time we see Harper in an interview you will notice the improvement in posture and body language. Incrementally Human…

  2. Oh, that comparison is so unfair. Harper naturally felt uncomfortable being interviewed in the rest area of CTV’s executive bathroom.

  3. The Obama interview is ‘exclusive to CBC’, the Harper interview is ‘exclusive to CTV’…snerk…

  4. No, Harper does not enjoy being interviewed. Furthermore, when he is uncomfortable with a given subject, he has a tendency to lower his head so that he is almost peering up at the interviewer, rather than looking straight on.

  5. I think this observation about body language is interesting. Peter Mansbridge’s body posture was perfect for receptive listening and probing questioning and played well for Obama. Harper’s interviewer had a sloppy body posture. Harper reacted swiftly to it, adopting Mansbridge’s pose that shows receptive listening and probing questioning — that is, Harper had to take over ‘the interview due to the poor body language skills of his partner in it. Thus, Obama and Harper are similar, but the result for the audience is different. In fact, it was Harper’s interviewer who didn’t want to ‘be there’, not Harper, but due to the role of media and the type of play an interview is, it is easy to see how Wherry here incorrectly attributes non-confidence and negatively to Harper.

  6. I can’t deny that Harper usually looks uncomfortable, not just in interviews, but all the time.

    But you have to admit, it looks Obama had the much comfier chair.

    Where was the Harper interview conducted? A hallway in an abandoned factory?

    • Where was the Harper interview conducted? A hallway in an abandoned factory?

      No idea, but those unfortunately positioned green plants did little to help the situation.

      • Plants? I thought that was the industry minister and environmental minister, backing up their leader…

  7. I can’t deny that Harper usually looks uncomfortable, not just in interviews, but all the time.

    Not all the time. He looks quite at ease in the HoC, especially when he calls the opposition Taliban-huggers.

    To be honest, I’ve never had a problem with Harper’s body language (Iggy’s on the other hand…). It’s is spoken language that gives me pause.

  8. In his year end interview with Mansbridge, I thought it odd the way that Harper hunched over, it put half of his face in shadow. Odd because his office is usually all over optics, even passing out a map during the recent photo op with Harper and his hand picked budget selling cabinet ministers.

    • It’s just didn’t have enough time to plan his spontaneous reactions. C’mon, he’s a busy man.

  9. Once again, we have an example of the willingness of CTV to be Harper’s microphone stand. I guess we hould we expect to see Ken Shaw appointed to the Senate in the coming months.

    • hahahahaha… I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama’s entourage gets diverted to the Tory Communications Shop where Senator Duffy is waiting to interview him.

  10. Once again, we have an example of the willingness of CTV to be Harper’s microphone stand. I guess we should expect to see Ken Shaw appointed to the Senate in the coming months

  11. i know not the point, but compare the rooms….was the Harper interview taped in a motel 6?

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